Kris Rodgers and the Dirty gems are a band from Portland, Maine. Have recently been listening to their 2014 album titled “Headlines.” This album had a refreshing sound and definitely has an old school rock and roll feel to it. From the beginning of this album with the opening song and title track “Headlines,” you may think you have accidentally turned your radio to the classic rock station. This band has a sound that is without a doubt inspired by classic rock.
While listening to songs such as track #3 titled “You Don’t Know,” you get the vibe of say an early Billy Joel album. While other songs may put you in the mindset and mood of more of a sound you would hear on a Sweet album or even some of the early Elton John records. This mix of old school sounding songs while still making the song fresh and new really keeps my attention and draws me in. Each track leaves me anxious to hear what else the record holds in store.
Also, the lyrics all written so well they pull you in and add to the feel of the music. Kris’ voice fits so well with the old school rock and roll music that you have to remind yourself this album was recorded and released in the 2014. It is a nice change of pace to hear a band that holds onto the their influences and not copy but rather pay tribute to them by carrying on the sound of their records.
If you are a fan of the classic rock genre and just tired of hearing all of those songs from that era we have all heard a million times before, get yourself a copy of this album and give a good listen. It gives you that classic rock vibe with a new and refreshing twist.